New York. Leavitt & Allen. No date. Ca. 1864?
Black and white engraved (mezzotint) frontispiece, decorative botanical borders throughout, all edges gilt, 320 pp, 6 x 4 1/4 inches, embossed cloth-covered boards with gilt decorative spine (hardbound). Cover moderately rubbed, 1864 owner inscription to front free endpaper, otherwise very good condition. Poetry by Joanna Baillie, Milton, Coleridge, Shelley, Bryant, Wordsworth, Shakespeare, Cowper, Drummond, etc. The frontispiece is a richly printed mezzotint engraved by Sartain of a mother and child. The poems by a variety of poets are divided into groupings: Admiration, Adoration, Content, Courage, Friendship, Gratitude, Honour, Liberty, Mercy, Patriotism and Superstition. The book sits snugly in the hand and was no doubt the source of quiet support and pleasure for its Victorian owner. A touching and thoughtful gift for the romantic in your life. Item #36773